Top 20 Whiskies of 2020

#2 • Knob Creek 12 year old

Knob Creek 12 year old bottle shot
  • Rank: 2
  • Year: 2020
  • Score: 95
  • Price: $60
  • ABV: 50%
  • Style: Straight Bourbon
  • Place of Origin: Kentucky

Until now, most Knob Creek has been bottled at 9 years of age or younger for good reason: There’s no guarantee that bourbon will taste good after a dozen years in the barrel—let alone great. This one is richly complex from the start: York Peppermint Pattie, raisins, baking spice, dark chocolate-covered cherries, iced tea, and tobacco barn appear on the nose, followed by a chewy, full palate laden with cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, and perfectly balanced with sweet berry cobbler, chocolate ganache, and caramel. The finish goes on and on. Add in a fair price and excellent availability as part of Knob Creek’s core lineup, and only one question remains: What are you waiting for? —Susannah Skiver Barton